Checking Your Credit After Target Data Hacked

Checking Your Credit After Target Data Hacked

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Mobile, AL - Target says the security flaw has been fixed.  Still millions of debit and credit card holders could have had their data compromised.  If you used plastic at a Target brick and mortar store between Black Friday and last Sunday your data could have been lifted.   It's tough news for some target shoppers to take.

“Hoping and praying that nothing bad happened especially with my name, so I've been using cash,” says Target shopper Tamika.  Some aren't so worried. “If it happens I feel safe with it I figure I get my money back,” says shopper Michael Sullivan. 

Odds are if you shopped with plastic at Target in the last three weeks you'll want to call your bank or credit card company soon.  Sandra Dunaway with Consumer Credit Counseling says check statements to see if there were unusual charges--but there's a lot of your data tied to the black strip on your cards.

“The account number could be on there, it could be your date of birth it could be passwords,” says Dunaway.  She also recommends going to and pulling your credit reports from all three credit bureaus.  You can do it for free once a year from each company.

“The first thing you would want to look for is there any new accounts on there that I know are not mine,” says Dunaway. 

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